Why you'll love this course

Our skills are bigger than our offices. Therapists sometimes lose sight of just how powerful we can be in creating change, when we purposefully put our therapeutic skills to use on larger community and social goals. This course will help you see your therapy skills as the social change superpowers they are.

Course description

Professional codes of ethics demand that therapists and counselors work beyond our own practices to fight for larger community and social change. However, studies frequently show that we hesitate to engage in such efforts, even when our voices would be welcomed. Our voices, even on an individual level, can impact access to care and community well-being. This course will discuss why activism matters, and how to engage in political activism in ways that bring our values to the communities we serve.

1 Hour CE. Recorded video format (non-interactive).

This course was recorded from a live presentation at the 2019 Therapy Reimagined conference in Los Angeles. For information on past and future Therapy Reimagined events, visit therapyreimagined.com.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe their ethical obligation for social and political involvement

  • Connect their professional values with at least two social or community goals

  • List three effective methods of political advocacy for mental health professionals

Course outline

1. What Can I Do?
A success story
Key advocacy issues
How to be an agent of change
2. Stepping into Leadership
3. My Story



Patricia Ravitz, MA, LMFT

Patricia Ravitz, LMFT, has been in private practice in Marin County CA since 1991. She specializes in treating eating disorders. Patricia served on the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Board of Directors from 2015-2017 and was elected Board President in 2016. While on the Board she promoted the development of the Grassroots Advocacy Team (GAT) and oversaw its implementation. This team lobbies and advocates in Sacramento and Washington D.C. for issues concerning MFTs and the populations they serve. She was appointed by senator Mark Leno to represent him in the Marin Democratic Party in 2009. She staffed Marin Democratic Headquarters in 2010 and 2012 and was the Marin County volunteer coordinator for Senator Barbara Boxer in 2010. Patricia was elected delegate to the California State Democratic Party in 2010. Patricia worked as volunteer staff for the Obama campaign and Obama For America from 2009-2012.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 60 minutes

Topic Area:

Law & Ethics

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes a post-graduate level of ethical knowledge.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: April 17, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course providers. This course is provided by Therapy Reimagined, with SimplePractice maintaining full control of content development and continuing education compliance. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.

This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.